Paloma Valdivia

Our guest of honour 2020 is Chilean author and illustrator PALOMA VALDIVIA (1978).

Paloma illustrates books and songs, writes, designs,and she likes bicycle rides, although her principal work is the creation of picture books for children. Her work as an author has been translated into over 15 languages. Among other acknowledgements, she has received the International Prize BIB PLAQUE of the XVIII Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (Slovakia); Most Beautiful Book of 2014 by the German Commission of UNESCO; the Santiago Municipal Literature Prize (Chile) as well as the Little Bird Award (USA) and the Medalla Colibrí (Hummingbird Medal) IBBY Chile, just to name a few.

In her own words: “Drawing and storytelling fascinate me, but what I truly find the most enchanting is childhood, both the one children are living today and our own, long-past one…”. So, in 2019, together with Mónica Bombal, she created Liebre Editions which combines publishing of books and the creation of applications exclusively destined for children. In 2019 the publishing house was recognized by IBBY (Chile) as having the best compilation of children’s literature. It’s titles were selected for the White Ravens list (Germany) and the annual selection of the Four Cats Foundation (USA).

Paloma was also a lecturer at the Catholic University of Chile, in charge of the “Illustration and Autobiographical Narrative” program. As a creative, she also decorated her country’s stand in the previous Bologna International Children’s Book Fair (Italy 2019), it was breathtakingly beautiful.

During Kolibrí Festivaali, we’ll have the chance to visit the exhibition of her illustration “NOSOTROS” (Us) from 24.9.2020 through 17.10.2020 in Malmitalo (Helsinki). The exhibition is curated by Ina Fiebig.

You are all welcome to the opening on September 24th at 4 PM. Free entrance.

In the course of Kolibrí, Paloma will realize various kinds of workshops for babies and children from 1 to 10 years. All will have the opportunity to create, sing and have fun together with Paloma. The workshops will take place in:

  • Espoo: in the Sello library, Saturday 26.09.
  • Helsinki: in Malmitalo cultural centre, Sunday 27.9.
  • Helsinki: guided tour of the Expo: Malmitalo, Sunday 27.9.

The visit of Paloma Valdivia will happen thanks to the support of the Embassy of Chile in Finland and the Direction of Cultural Affairs of Chile, Aalto University, Malmitalo, the Ibero-American Institute of Finland, Liebre Editions, the Publisher Amanuta and the Publisher Kalandraka.

Our special thanks go to Isol Misenta, Sari Airola, Patricia Oksa, Penni Osipow, Ina Fiebig, Yvapurü Samaniego Bonnin, and to the Board of our Association Kulttuurikeskus Ninho.